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What do you do? How did you get into it?
And have curated a pretty successful exhibition.
No quals or previous experience, just love it and pester them or get cracking on things myself and hope it will pique the interest of others in the arts.
Did do a bit of arts writing too for a big site that involved interviewing museum and galleries types.
Bear in mind, I haven't made any money out of any of this, except the writing job.
it was a university museum/reading room open to the public. I was the press and marketing officer, so I did loads of stuff really! Promotion, tv and radio co-ordination, writing the brochure, getting the posters designed, even writing the exhibition text when we were short-staffed.
(I do the same sort of job but at a charity now)
My degree is in Cultural Studies (but any degree would have been fine really, you just need to be good at writing) and at university I put on some gigs and ran a society, so I kind of fell into arts marketing based on that experience.
Good things - it's great fun and exciting and they're generally happy places to work.
Bad things - jobs are extremely competitive, and generally lower paid than other sectors (much lower than the charity sector in my experience). Awful culture of free internships.
My advice would be to get some work experience for 1-2 weeks, where you'll learn a lot. Don't get tempted to work for free for six months doing a job they should be paying you for. Reputable places shouldn't make you do that.
Or just the people on minimum wage that work in the gift shop?
I worked in Development, which is basically fundraising. I got into it through being a fundraiser for a charity in a previous role.
It's very competitive, especially in exhibitions and events, but you can often find temporary roles in art handling or assisting an external curator which are a way in if that's the area you want to work in. Often junior roles in departments such as Development can be a good stepping stone - I had a colleague who was my assistant who went on to work as a junior curator largely on the strength of the knowledge of the gallery she gained working in Development. She also did a billion unpaid internships first though.
Incidentally I hated working there. I think it was the people more than the place though.
our receptionist was doing a Museum studies masters at the same time, and she was able to get a Curator job when the curator went on maternity leave.
She has a PhD and everything, all the qualifications you'd ever need. Unfortunately, there's only a handful of jobs fitting that remit around the world, so she's basically waiting for someone to die so she can compete with other similarly well-qualified people for the position.
not sure if we should make them fight, or if they could work together to help each other acheive their respective goals.
Seriously. Why not? I'd visit the shit out of that site.
I have a BA in Modern World History and little to no experience in heritage/culture/arts sectors. The job would be working for a nationally renowned museum organising volunteers (from recruitment right through to any training courses or development paths they might wish to explore through the museum).
My strong points:
+ Degree, half decent classification.
+ Solid employment record with good references.
+ 5 years experience as a Scouting section leader with the benefits this brings (i.e. working in the voluntary sector, managing volunteers, recruiting, managing budgets, planning programs etc)
+ The usual things: Good IT, communication, not a dick, teamwork, initiative....
- No museum based experience.
- A fuck load of competing applicants
- Not quite so much experience with volunteers from the demographics they would be aiming for.
- My experience is voluntary (on paper it's good, but employers tend to favour professional experience i think.)
I would give blood, sweat and tears for it though. Maybe work that into the application?
especially with the Scout experience. (We wouldn't have minded if the experience was paid or unpaid.) Put how passionate you are at the end of the application, but back it up with practical experience and evidence. And if you get an interview, do your homework about the museum and the sector and prepare hard. Good luck!
he said it's a piece of piss.